1956 American Championship Car season
Series  : USAC Championship Car
Champion : USAflagsmall Jimmy Bryan
Previous: 1955 (AAA) Next: 1957

The 1956 USAC Championship Car season consisted of 12 races, beginning in Speedway, Indiana on May 30 and concluding in Phoenix, Arizona on November 12. There were also three non-championship events. The USAC National Champion was Jimmy Bryan and the Indianapolis 500 winner was Pat Flaherty. This was the first year that the National Championship was sanctioned by the USAC, after the withdrawal of the AAA from all forms of racing in August 1955.

Schedule and resultsEdit

Rnd Date Race Name Track Location Type Pole Position Winning Driver
1 May 30 USAflagsmall International 500 Mile Sweepstakes Indianapolis Motor Speedway Speedway, Indiana Paved USAflagsmall Pat Flaherty USAflagsmall Pat Flaherty
2 June 10 USAflagsmall Rex Mays Classic Wisconsin State Fair Park Speedway West Allis, Wisconsin Paved USAflagsmall Johnny Boyd USAflagsmall Pat Flaherty
3 June 24 USAflagsmall Langhorne 100 Langhorne Speedway Langhorne, Pennsylvania Dirt USAflagsmall Billy Garrett USAflagsmall George Amick
4 July 4 USAflagsmall Pee Dee 200 Darlington Raceway Darlington, South Carolina Paved USAflagsmall Andy Linden USAflagsmall Pat O'Connor
NC July 4 USAflagsmall Pikes Peak Auto Hill Climb Pikes Peak Highway Pikes Peak, Colorado Hill USAflagsmall Bobby Unser
5 July 14 USAflagsmall Atlanta 100 Lakewood Speedway Atlanta, Georgia Dirt USAflagsmall Bob Veith USAflagsmall Eddie Sachs
NC July 22 USAflagsmall Indianapolis Sweepstakes Williams Grove Speedway Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania Dirt USAflagsmall Ed Elisian USAflagsmall Jimmy Bryan
NC August 12 USAflagsmall Dayton 25 Dayton Speedway Dayton, Ohio Paved USAflagsmall Pat O'Connor USAflagsmall Ed Elisian
6 August 19 USAflagsmall Springfield 100 Illinois State Fairgrounds Springfield, Illinois Dirt USAflagsmall Rex Easton USAflagsmall Jimmy Bryan
7 August 26 USAflagsmall Milwaukee 250 Wisconsin State Fair Park Speedway West Allis, Wisconsin Paved USAflagsmall Johnny Boyd USAflagsmall Jimmy Bryan
8 September 3 USAflagsmall Ted Horn Memorial 100 DuQuoin State Fairgrounds Du Quoin, Illinois Dirt USAflagsmall Johnny Thomson USAflagsmall Jimmy Bryan
9 September 8 USAflagsmall Syracuse 100 New York State Fairgrounds Syracuse, New York Dirt USAflagsmall Earl Motter USAflagsmall Tony Bettenhausen
10 September 15 USAflagsmall Hoosier Hundred Indiana State Fairgrounds Indianapolis, Indiana Dirt USAflagsmall Jud Larson USAflagsmall Jimmy Bryan
11 October 21 USAflagsmall Golden State 100 California State Fairgrounds Sacramento, California Dirt USAflagsmall Jud Larson USAflagsmall Jud Larson
12 November 12 USAflagsmall Bobby Ball Memorial Arizona State Fairgrounds Phoenix, Arizona Dirt USAflagsmall George Amick USAflagsmall George Amick

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  • Indianapolis 500 was USAC-sanctioned and counted towards the FIA F1 World Drivers' Championship title.

Leading National Championship standingsEdit

 #  Driver Team/Car Owner Points
1 USAflagsmall Jimmy Bryan Dean Racing Enterprises 1860
2 USAflagsmall Pat Flaherty John Zink 1500
3 USAflagsmall Don Freeland Bob Estes 1280
4 USAflagsmall George Amick Belond Miracle Power


Pete Salemi

Linsey Hopkins Racing

5 USAflagsmall Jimmy Reece Hart Fullerton

Harry Dunn

Pat Clancy

Chapman S. Root

Ernest Ruiz



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